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Food Sovereignty in Practice

My name is Alannah, and I have been collaborating with the Our Food Project (OFP) to complete my Undergrad thesis on food sovereignty in practice within Halifax. My previous blog post is an introduction to inequality within the food system.

My thesis research looks at how the Our Food Project is addressing this inequality by using a food sovereign approach to build Positive Food Environments (PFE’s) across Nova Scotia.

The principles of the OFP are rooted in the idea that, for a Positive Food Environment to exist, everyone has access to food that is healthy and culturally appropriate that was produced using sustainable methods. This includes the right for people to define their own food and agricultural systems. The OFP is supporting communities across the province to define their own food system, and the effects extend beyond better access to food. The OFP is working to better understand the benefits of a food sovereign model in relation to health, education and community and economic vitality.

My research focused on understanding food sovereignty, and its external benefits within these areas. Instead of a long paper, I thought it would be more fun to breakdown and share the highlights of my research results with you in an infographic:


Alannah Bowes

Volunteer with The Our Food Project and student of International Development at Dalhousie University.

About Ecology Action Centre

This is a blog from the Food Action Committee of the Ecology Action Centre, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Join us as we document our experiments with sauerkraut, push for urban chickens, make giant batches of jam, and plant some seeds (both literally and figuratively). For more about what the Food Action Committee is working on, visit our website.


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